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Housing is a human right. Homelessness is a violation of that right. As of today, 150 million people around the world are living in homelessness. That’s equivalent to the entire population of the UK and France combined. Covid-19 has only exacerbated the housing crisis and revealed it for what it is: a human rights calamity. Never before has access to a safe and adequate home been such a stark matter of life or death. The suffering of 150 million people without access to adequate housing, water, and sanitation services is unimaginable. But imagine the power of 150 million people claiming their political voice and demanding their human rights. The Shift has collaborated with more than 30 organizations from 20 countries around the world to amplify the voices of people living in homelessness through the Global Homelessness Action. On December 7, we issued a Call to Action to government officials in over 150 countries demanding they take urgent measures to eliminate homelessness by: (1) Engaging people living in homelessness as rights holders and experts in their own lives, not as criminals or beneficiaries of charity; (2) Immediately providing adequate accommodation to all people living ‘rough’ or on the streets, ensuring access to water, sanitation, food, social supports, and health services during the pandemic and beyond. (3) Placing people living in homelessness at the forefront of all COVID-19 economic recovery plans and recognizing them as a protected and priority group in all areas of action; (4) Stoping the criminalization people living on the streets and activities necessary for their human survival; and (5) Ensuring people living in homelessness have access to free legal information, advice, and remedies regarding violations of their right to housing and other human rights. It’s time for governments to step up. Join us in holding them accountable. Sign the Global Homelessness Action petition to demonstrate your support, and download and complete the Call to Action letter template to send to your country's government official: Algeria – Minister of Housing & Urban Development, Kamel Nasri: email@example.com Australia – Minister for Health, Greg Hunt: firstname.lastname@example.org Bahamas – Minister of Environment & Housing, Romauld Ferreira: email@example.com Barbados – Prime Minister, Mia Mottley: firstname.lastname@example.org Belgium – Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo: email@example.com Botswana – Minister of Infrastructure & Housing Development, Mmusi Kgafela: firstname.lastname@example.org Brazil – Regional Development Minister, Rogerio Marinho: email@example.com Bulgaria – Minister of Regional Development & Public Works, Petya Avramova: firstname.lastname@example.org Burkina Faso – Minister for Housing & Urban Planning, Maurice Dieudonné Bonanet: email@example.com Burundi – Minister of Infrastructures, Equipment & Social Housing, Deogratias Nsanganiyumwami: firstname.lastname@example.org Cameroon – Minister of Housing & Urban Development, Célestine Courtes: email@example.com Canada – Minister of Families, Children & Social Development, Ahmed Hussen: firstname.lastname@example.org China – President, Xi Jinping: email@example.com Colombia – Minister of Housing, City & Territory, Jonathan Malagón González: firstname.lastname@example.org Croatia – Advisor to the President of the Republic for Human Rights & Civil Society, Melita Mulic: email@example.com Cuba – Minister of Construction, René Mesa Villafaña: firstname.lastname@example.org Czech Republic – Ministry of Regional Development, Klara Dostalova: email@example.com Denmark – Minister of Housing, Kaare Dybvad: firstname.lastname@example.org Egypt – Ministry of Housing, Utilities & Urban Communities, Assem el Gazzar: email@example.com Finland – Minister of Family Affairs & Social Services, Krista Kiuru: firstname.lastname@example.org France – Ministère de la Transition écologique, Emmanuelle Wargon: email@example.com Georgia – Minister of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia, Natela Turnava: firstname.lastname@example.org Germany – President of the Party of the European Left, Gregor Gysi: email@example.com Ghana – Minister of Works & Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea: firstname.lastname@example.org Hong Kong – Chief Executive Officer, Carrie Lam: email@example.com Hungary – Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán: firstname.lastname@example.org Iceland – Minister of Social Affairs & Children, Ásmundur Einar Daðason: email@example.com India – Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal: firstname.lastname@example.org Ireland – Minister for Housing & Local Government, Darragh O'Brien: email@example.com Italy – Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte: firstname.lastname@example.org Ivory Coast – Minister of Construction, Housing, & Urban Development, Bruno Kone: email@example.com Jamaica – Prime Minister, Andrew Holness: firstname.lastname@example.org Japan – Minister of Health, Labour & Welfare, Norihisa Tamura: email@example.com Kenya – Principal Secretary for the State Department for Housing & Urban Development, Charles Hinga Mwaura: PS@housingandurban.go.ke Lithuania – Minister of the Environment, Kęstutis Navickas: firstname.lastname@example.org Mexico – Minister of Labor & Social Welfare, Luisa María Alcalde Luján: email@example.com Morocco – Minister of National Land Use, Planning, Town Planning, Housing & City Policy, Nouzha Bouchareb: firstname.lastname@example.org Mozambique – Minister of Public Works, Housing & Water Resources, João Osvaldo Machatine: email@example.com New Zealand – Minister of Housing, Dr. Megan Woods: firstname.lastname@example.org Nigeria – Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola: email@example.com Nigeria – Commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu Fatai: firstname.lastname@example.org Northern Ireland – Communities Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín: email@example.com Norway – Minister of Local Government & Modernisation, Nikolai Astrup: firstname.lastname@example.org Pakistan – Minister of Housing & Works, Chaudhary Tariq Bashir Cheema: email@example.com Philippines – Chairman of Department of Human Settlements & Urban Development, Eduardo del Rosario: firstname.lastname@example.org Poland – Minister of Family, Labour & Social Policy, Marlena Malag: email@example.com Rwanda – Minister for Infrastructure, Claver Gatete: firstname.lastname@example.org Scotland – Minister for Local Government, Housing & Planning, Kevin Stewart: email@example.com Senegal – Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Public Hygiene, Abdou Karim Fofana: firstname.lastname@example.org Singapore – Minister of National Development, Desmond Lee: email@example.com Slovakia – State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and the Family, Soňa Gaborčáková: firstname.lastname@example.org Slovenia – Minister of Infrastructure, Jernej Vrtovec: email@example.com Somalia – Minister of Public Work, Reconstruction & Housing, Ahmed Mohamed Iman: firstname.lastname@example.org South Africa – Minister of Human Settlements, Water & Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu: email@example.com South Korea – Minister Nominee for Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport, Chang-heum Byun: firstname.lastname@example.org Spain – Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz Pérez: email@example.com Sri Lanka – State Minister of Rural Housing, Construction & Building Materials Industries Promotion, Indika Anuruddha Herath: firstname.lastname@example.org Sweden – Minister of Financial Markets & Housing, Per Bolund: email@example.com Switzerland – Federal Councillor for the Department of Economic Affairs, Education & Research, Guy Parmelin: firstname.lastname@example.org Tanzania – Minister of Lands, Housing & Human Settlements Development, William Lukuvi: email@example.com Uganda – The Minister of State of Housing, Chris Baryomunsi: firstname.lastname@example.org United Kingdom – Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, Robert Jenrick: email@example.com United States of America – Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Marcia Fudge Viet Nam – Minister of Construction, Phạm Hồng Hà: firstname.lastname@example.org Wales – Minister of Housing & Local Government, Julie James: Correspondence.Julie.James@gov.wales Zambia – Minister of Housing & Infrastructure Development, Vincent Mwale: info@MHID.gov.zm Zimbabwe – Minister of Local Government & Public Works, July Moyo: email@example.com The Global Homelessness Action is an international digital initiative that provides people experiencing homelessness the opportunity to collectively claim their right to housing and demand urgent action from governments through video, audio, and written testimonies. Convened by The Shift, the Action has brought together 30 organizations and hundreds of advocates from 20 different countries to support the human rights of people living in homelessness: MakeTheShift.org/HomelessnessAction.